Amidst talks of struggles from Jordan Jefferson to dominance of the defensive front, LSU head coach Les Miles found time in his final media session of the week to squeeze in tidbits on an equally important front: recruiting.
While the team’s opener against North Carolina in Atlanta offered national exposure, the Tigers have yet to play in Death Valley, which means that - three weeks into the season - the coaches are just now getting their first chance to bring prospects onto campus.
While no official visits have been scheduled for the weekend, the staff expects to see a handful of talent from both the 2011 and 2012 classes make their way onto campus for unofficial visits.
“We should have 50 prospects in, and it should be loud,” Miles said. “The game day environment in Tiger Stadium is like none other.”
The Committed Men
The team’s current commitments (17 total) will all wait until January to make their official visit to Baton Rouge.
Here are the commits from Louisiana set to be in town this weekend:
La’el Collins – OT - Redemptorist
Jeremy Hill – RB - Redemptorist
Kenny Hilliard – RB - Patterson
Anthony Johnson – DT – O.P. Walker
Jarvis Landry – WR - Lutcher
Alonzo Lewis – WR/S – St. James
Terrance Magee – QB/RB - Franklinton
Ronald Martin – DB – White Castle
Quentin Thomas – DL – Breaux Bridge
Paul Turner – ATH – West Monroe
Corey White – OG - Capitol
Tiger fans will be pleased to hear that the Lone Star State’s Trevon Randle will be alongside his fellow commitments this weekend. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is ranked as the nation’s No. 4 outside linebacker, and the four-star prospect is currently LSU’s lone pickup at linebacker in the class.
The Open Spots
There are only a handful of spots left on the 2011 board as the staff continues their search for prospects that could find their way into the group before next February. Quarterback, linebacker, defensive line and wide receiver are among the positions still being evaluated.
A few of the in-state names from 2011 that will be on hand:
Floyd Raven – CB – East St. John
Jared Foster – QB – Barbe
Zack Oliver – QB – Catholic
Levander Liggins – ATH – Leesville
Ryan Byrd – ATH - St. Helena Central
The lone out-of-state attendee not already committed to LSU will be Mississippi linebacker C.J. Johnson, a longtime pledge to Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs. A four-star prospect and the No. 8 middle linebacker in the country, Johnson would serve as the perfect complement to Randle (an outside linebacker). No matter, most close to Johnson feel that his commitment to Mississippi State is as strong as ever.
At 6-foot, 203-pounds, Collins is quickly moving up the charts to become one of the nation’s top underclassmen on the defensive side of the ball. A safety for Dutchtown High, Collins has already heard from the likes of LSU, Alabama, Texas and USC.
The same national exposure will follow Granier, a standout middle linebacker at Thibodaux High. On Wednesday Granier picked up his verbal offer from the LSU staff, meaning that the press to land the four-star prospect’s commitment begins on Saturday.
The pair will also be together on Friday night when Dutchtown travels to Thibodaux. Both have picked up LSU offers.